Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: Twelfth Night

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: Twelfth Night


About this course

This course is part of the Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series. It is highly recommended that students take the introductory course listed below before beginning any other course in the series:

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: Introduction

Other courses in the series include:

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: Hamlet


Recommended Ages: 13-18.

*Disclaimer* – Some of the play content and provided film content in this course are rated PG-13, and therefore that is the recommended age minimum for any courses in the series aside from this introductory course. Exception can be made with parental consent for younger ages.

Start Date: This course is not currently open for enrollment. Course consists of 4 lessons. Students will have two weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course.

Price: $60

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This will be a 4 week course in which students will study 1 play by William Shakespeare, as well as the modern adaptations of the play presented in films of present day popular culture.

We will focus for three weeks on one of Shakespeare’s (primary source) plays, and the fourth week will consist of that specific play’s adaptations in modern films. I will provide all reading and viewing material for the course, as well as extra related content, with the option that students may purchase any books or films for themselves if they so choose.

The goal of the courses in this series is to learn the famous works of Shakespeare through the use of present day pop culture. Lessons will focus on themes, characters, and social significance of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in comparison to their modern re-imaginings. Assignments will range from writing analytical reports on primary and secondary sources, to students having the option to film their very own adaptations of these works. Each student should leave this course with a well rounded comprehension of the significance of Shakespeare’s works, then and now.

Disclaimer: Some of these films are rated PG-13, and therefore that is the recommended age minimum for this class, with the exception of parental consent for younger ages. 

LESSON PLANS: This is a 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no required textbook for this course outside of the lesson and the play.

DISCUSSION: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, Minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All quizzes, labs, and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).

Week 1: Twelfth Night (Comedy): Students will read and study the play Twelfth Night , acts 1-2. We will also study the different character archetypes.

Week 2: Twelfth Night (Comedy): Students will read and study the play Twelfth Night , acts 3-4. We will also explore various themes, symbols, and motifs presented in the play.

Week 3 : Twelfth Night (Comedy): Students will read and study the play Twelfth Night , act 5. We will then break down the dramatic structure of the plot.

Week 4 : Adaptations of Twelfth Night : I will provide clips or entire film files, as well as suggest other sources to find these films. This week we will study adaptations in comparison to the play: Twelfth Night (1996) and She’s the Man (2006).

You are not required to purchase additional materials for this class! Below are free links to Shakespeare’s plays – both text and audio. We also have provided links if you would like to purchase the books or movies.

Links to Free Downloads / Purchase Plays:
*Folger Shakespeare Library has the most accurate editions of these plays and is the recommended source for the plays we will read in this course series*
You can download free versions of the plays here:
If you would like to purchase a physical book, here is a link to buy it from Amazon:
Free Audio Book Download:
Movies: Purchasing these films is OPTIONAL. I will provide the sections and clips from the movies that are necessary for the lesson.
Necessary sections and clips from these movies will be provided in the lessons.


Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.

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